AAR has expanded its distribution network for original Unison aerospace components to better serve aircraft operators and repair facilities in Europe. AAR, an exclusive supplier of aerospace parts for the Unison distribution channel, is adding inventory at its European Distribution Center located near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The new inventory includes turbine ignition systems, engine-dedicated alternators, sensors, switches and wiring harnesses.
Supply chain management
Pre-owned business aircraft inventories continued to decline in October, but asking prices–especially for jets–have yet to find a bottom, according to data released this week by industry research firm JetNet. Business jet inventory in October stood at 13.9 percent of the in-service fleet, down 1.3 percentage points from a year ago.
To serve a growing base of international customers, Hawker Beechcraft continues to expand its global parts support network with new stocking locations as well as increased inventory, Rob Hood, general manager of inventory logistics and global distribution, told AIN. Current HB parts distribution locations include Dallas and London, with inventory stocking locations in Dubai and Singapore.
“While the pre-owned business aircraft market continues to show improvements, all indicators have been slow to recover in the first nine months of 2011,” industry research firm JetNet said in a market report released on Friday.
ECAS, a stocking distributor of aerospace mil-spec hardware and electrical components, announced it intends to open a Las Vegas distribution center on Jan. 3, 2012. ECAS maintains an extensive inventory of AN, MS and NAS fasteners and O-rings.
MRO and logistics software company Component Control (Booth No. C10533) is announcing the formal launch of its new Web Online RFQ parts and services search software here at NBAA.
“Although an industry-wide recovery remains stalled, it appears that select markets for [pre-owned] newer, later-generation [current production] business jets are showing signs of stability in market price, reduced inventory levels and absorption rates,” according to Aircraft Post president Dennis Rousseau.
Aftermarket aircraft parts supplier Aeroinv.com will now be listing more than 150,000 part SKUs worth $350 million on Inventory Locator Service. ILS provides an electronic marketplace that enables subscribers to buy and sell parts, equipment and services. The inventory includes major brands of parts and components for most aircraft models.
“The first five months of the 2011 pre-owned market showed early-stage recovery signs,” with used business jet retail sale transactions growing by 19.7 percent during the period, according to data released by business aviation information firm JetNet.
A new measure to open up defense procurement by European countries to greater competition is finally coming into force this year. In January 2009 the European Parliament approved the European directive on defense and security procurement, which should greatly increase the percentage of defense contract opportunities that EU governments offer to bidders from other European countries.